#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN – Nov.11 – A review into how the Home Office handled files containing high-profile historical child abuse allegations has been published Sky News just reported.
‘Theresa May and Report Author Peter Wanless -Screenshot from 2014-11-11 13:25:13 ‘
NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless was brought in to investigate after an internal review found the department had “lost or destroyed” 114 files between 1979 and 1999.
Mr Wanless and Richard Whittam QC were asked to address allegations that the Home Office failed to act on information received about abuse allegations in the 1980s.
The report found it had not been possible after some 30 years to establish exactly what had been given to the Home Office and what action had been taken because there was no system of routinely recording such referrals.
But the authors said extensive searches had not uncovered evidence of “organised attempts” by officials to conceal child abuse.
The report found no evidence that the Home Office had funded the notorious pro-paedophile Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – but said the possibility could not be dismissed entirely.
Facing questions about his review from MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mr Wanless said he found Home Office record keeping was “a mess”.